Devotional for December 16
“The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:28-33.
How incredible to read that. Can you imagine what was going on in her mind? I cannot imagine how I would feel if an angel appeared to me and said, “You are going to give birth to the Son of God!” But Mary did not question God, she trusted Him. Mary not only had the honor of playing the most significant role of any woman in the bible, but she had the honor of seeing Jesus grow. She loved him, gave him wisdom and watched him grow in favor of God and men. She would also have to witness her son suffer and die.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Yet we get so wrapped up in our to-dos, holiday parties, and gift giving. I know I even lose sight of what is important during the Christmas season. Thinking of Mary on that night when Jesus made his arrival. They only had the bare necessities, but I am sure Mary’s heart was filled with so much love for her son that none of that mattered. Mary was asked to step into a unique role as a virgin mother to the Son of God. She never questioned this but did her best with what she had. I think Mary is someone we can all strive to be like. As hard as it is sometimes, we need to trust God and step into the roles he has requested of us. We never know when it could be the most significant role of our lifetime.
Written by Ashley Lopez